- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

CHICAGO (AP) - The latest on developments surrounding a federal civil rights investigation of the Chicago Police Department (all times local):

6 p.m.

Department of Justice officials have finished two days of meetings in Chicago as they begin a civil rights investigation into the city police department.

Representatives from the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division and the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago met Wednesday with the new Chicago Police superintendent and community members to explain the investigative process.

Investigators met Thursday with community groups, the police union and city officials, including Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the head of the Independent Police Review Authority.

The DOJ investigation comes after the city released a video showing a white police officer shooting a black teenager 16 times. The officer, Jason Van Dyke, has been charged with six counts of first-degree murder in the October 2014 death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald. The video set off protests and calls for Mayor Rahm Emanuel to step down.

Emanuel fired police Superintendent Garry McCarthy and vowed extensive reforms.

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12:30 p.m.

A group of retired black Chicago Police officers are calling for the department to halt promotions and hiring until federal authorities complete an investigation launched in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting.

At a news conference Thursday, the retired officers joined the ranks of those who have been voicing distrust of leaders including Mayor Rahm Emanuel since last month’s release of the video of the McDonald shooting.

Retired officer Richard Wooten says that to bring about the reforms people are demanding, African-Americans must be given something they’ve long been denied: a fair shot at joining the department and climbing through the ranks.

Similar complaints have been raised for years but Wooten says he and others believe now is the time to affect change while the federal Department of Justice is investigating Chicago Police.

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This version corrects the 2nd upper case letter in Laquan.

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